JBL - Xtreme Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Blue

JBL Xtreme Speaker: Enjoy high-quality audio at the poolside without worrying about getting this splash-proof speaker wet. Dual USB ports let you charge your USB devices for flexibility, and Bluetooth simplifies connectivity to your compatible mobile devices.Portable Speaker Buying Guide
$299.99

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Owner's manual
    • Power adapter, strap
    • Xtreme Portable Bluetooth Speaker

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2089 out of 2150)

    Features


    Connect wirelessly from a distance

    Pair virtually any smartphone, laptop or tablet with Bluetooth technology for simple connectivity.

    Rich sound that fits in the palm of your hand

    Set the speaker on your beach towel or next to the pool, or take it with you on your favorite hiking trail for quality listening wherever life takes you.

    Rechargeable battery

    Supports 15 hours of playback for relaxing in the yard

    Dual external bass radiators

    Deliver booming, well-blended low tones for balanced audio.

    40W power (20W x 2)

    Provides robust audio.

    Splash-proof design

    Rugged fabric and rubber housing ensures durability.

    Charge your USB-powered devices

    Via the dual USB ports for a boost of power when you need it most.

    Answer phone calls using the speaker

    Speakerphone delivers clear audio.


    Customer rating

    4.8
    98%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What can I say? I love it.

      Posted
      AdamB5000
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is just the perfect speaker for me. I'm a *bit* of an audiophile. While I'm not a HUGE audiophile, I appreciate good audio. I have a setup in my living room that is a Denon receiver and JBL Studio speakers. It's a very good setup, overall. But I wanted something smaller because I am moving and I'm starting to appreciate less clutter and less big things. My other go-to bluetooth speaker is very portable and gives me problems when connecting, so I jumped on this Xtreme. I am a fan of JBL products and I felt the design of this was very slick, smooth, refined, and not overstated. Just my thing, so I gave it a shot. The first thing I noticed when placing it on my table was, wow. It looks great. Really great. Happiness level 10, so far. Then I fired it up and connected to my phone. It paired quicker than any bluetooth speaker I've used before (that includes two TDKs, Jabra, and a cheap Amazon-ordered budget device). Now the important part: the sound. The sound is great. I have an open living area with a vaulted ceiling which is open to my kitchen. All in all it's probably 600-800 square feet with a high ceiling. I felt that it very adequately filled the room with audio without sounding stressed out. Can it run toe to toe with two JBL Studio bookshelf speakers and a JBL 10" sub? Well no. It physically cannot. But what I'm getting at is I was VERY satisfied by the unit's overall output. Considering its small size, the bass was not bad. Again, it'll never be able to match a 10"+ sub, but for the size, I was pleasantly surprised. It gives enough boom to make me happy, even when turning it up with songs I knew would challenge it. I then paired it with a JBL Charge 3 that I had recently purchased (also a great little speaker!). The pairing was quick. It worked well. My one little gripe about the pairing is at times one speaker would die out for a moment. It was quick, but it was there. It seemed to get better with time. Also, my charge seemed to be louder than the Xtreme each time I paired them. I'd have to go back to the Xtreme and turn up the volume on that particular speaker to try to balance them. (I had them on either side of the room) That said, I have not yet downloaded the JBL app. There may be a solution there, which may even include updating firmware. I'll give that a try sometime. All that said, I'd buy this over and over again. It's a great unit. I didn't even get into the other features, like its good battery, which not only can power the unit for hours and hours on end, but charge devices when you have no other power access. I didn't even get into the fact that I could have it pool-side and not worry about it getting splashed because of its build quality and water proof rating. It's a fantastic all-around speaker. I think JBL hit a homerun with this and the Charge, and even the Flip (which a co-workers owns and I've heard). The speakers look great, sound great, and function just as you'd expect (pairing, controls, etc). This is an absolute home run if there ever was one in the bluetooth speaker world. Bravo, JBL.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker

      Posted
      LHutton510
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      TL, DR: No doubt the best money you will spend. Impossible to not love the speaker unless you get a lemon. I have tried the UE Megaboom, UE Boom, UE roll, Jbl Charge 2+, the Beats Pill, Bose Soundlink. All of the other bluetooth options I had available to me I didn't bother testing them out because the ones listed above were supposedly the next best speakers in their class. So while researching I found out that the JBL xtreme was sure to not disappoint and it will be the best 300 you will spend on a speaker. So I decided to give the speaker a chance and make sure I keep my receipt in my wallet because I thought for sure I'm taking this back. I am glad that this speaker probed me wrong. The bass sounds completely balanced and hits like a mini subwoofer. Not tinny or overly punchy as pill, but just right. The highs are extremely clear and even at full volume I didn't hear any distortion whatsoever. I use my Samsung Galaxy S6 and my Itouch 5 when using this speaker and most of the songs I'm playing are from YouTube, which sometimes isn't the best quality and Pandora. To never here distortion is perfect. The cons of the speaker which may bother some but not me is that when playing songs off of your ipod, the speaker sometimes skips the first second or half a second of the beginning of the song. Other reviewers said something about DSP, but I don't really know how that works so I won't speak on it. The other issue is the when playing the speaker in its normal position, it sounds as if the places the tweeters near the bottom of the speaker making it fire towards whatever the speaker is sitting on (desk, mantle, table etc). Again, this doesn't bother me neither because if you tilt the speaker back you will hear the fullness of what this speaker offers. As most may know, I currently work as a courier in a very loud diesel truck and I needed something that was going to offer durability if it drops, semi waterproof for rainy days or accidents, and definitely long battery life. I'm only work about 6+ hours a day and I played the speaker at about 75% and I only one light from the battery went off. Even with all the rap, house, trap, and jazz bass going on, this speaker lasted. I've only had for a week so I can't speak on the long term, but I will say I have gladly thrown my receipt away because this speaker will be with me for a very very long time. If you read all the way down to this point then you for sure are just like me when it comes to audio and I thank you for reading my review. If you still are on the fence check out the youtube reviews on this. I usually check Jims room or clavinetjunkie for sound tests.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing Sound with Fantastic Battery Life

      Posted
      Raymond
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I purchased this JBL Xtreme to replace my old Beats Pill XL. The Pill XL was an awesome speaker, unfortunately, it had a battery issue and I returned it to Apple. After I returned the Pill XL to Apple, I struggled with finding a speaker that had similar sound quality, battery life and some of the other little features I liked about my Pill XL. So when I was walking through Best Buy I stumbled upon this little gem and purchased the blue one. Here are the things I liked (in no particular order) 1. First off, it plays extremely loud and doesn't seem to have any issues, even at higher volumes. The bass is extraordinarily loud AND clear. It's not boomy for the sake of it. The sound quality is very balanced and works great both indoors and outdoors. When listening this, everyone will enjoy it and have a great time. 2. I love that it has indicator lights to show how much battery is remaining, which by the way is a long time. I have used it for 7-8 hours and it is still showing 5 full battery lights. Not bad for something that is supposed to last only 15 hours. 3. I like that it has a USB output to charge phones, tablets, etc. while using the speaker. 4. I like that this is splash resistant, so when I am at the pool or outdoors, I don't have to worry about rain. Keep in mind, it's splash resistant not waterproof. So don't try dunking this in the water. 5. The included carrying strap makes this easy to carry around. It's actually a little more convenient than the handle the Pill XL had as I can sling this on my shoulder and use my hands to carry other items. And like the Pill XL, this is not light. But still easily toted around. 6. I like that it has volume and play/pause controls on the top. I wished they could have added track control, but not really that big of a deal breaker for me. 7. The companion smartphone app is pretty decent. JBL recently updated it to allow you to designate how the play/pause button on the speaker works. You can use it to control play/pause of the music or you can change it to activate your phone's voice assistant (Siri/Google). I also like you can perform firmware updates through the app, thus reducing the need to connect the speaker directly to a computer through micro-USB. 8. Even though it is cylindrical, it has nice little rubberized feet at the bottom to keep it upright and from rolling of a table. 9. You can connect up to 3 devices at one time and at any time, you can play music through one of those 3 seamlessly. Now for the things I wish that were improved: 1. While I understand that the zipper used to hide the power ports is to keep the water out, it doesn't open enough to allow easy enough access to the charging port or USB port. You have to kind of push the zipper sides aside to get to the ports. After a while you get used to it, but I feel like there could have been a better design. 2. I wish that this could have been charged using Micro-USB instead of proprietary charger. You get a separate charger with a decent sized brick. I get that they probably did this to keep the weight down as it is already heavy, but it's another thing you have to carry with you and it's not small. 3. I wished that JBL put some sort of metal protective grill over the two side speaker cones. It definitely looks cool to see them in action, but I worry about something coming into contact with them, like an errant foot or rock if you leave it on the ground. I would definitely sacrifice that little bit of extra weight for security for the speaker drivers. Overall, I am extremely happy with this speaker. It sounds fantastic, has great battery life, is water resistant and is portable. Sure there are some items I don't like about it, but the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best in its class

      Posted
      ThoriumRocks
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Excellent performance and superior design make this Bluetooth speaker my favorite for many reasons. I've been using the Xtreme for about a month now, and use it at least 4 or more hours a day. I listen to Spotify, podcasts, and iPad movies on it. I found my android phone has some minor connection issue that makes the audio drop out for only a fraction of a second. Most people don't even notice this little glitch until I point out. When the Xtreme is playing a signal from my iPhone, or iPad, the signal is flawless. I'm very sure the problem is with my android phone and not the Xtreme. I can't say enough about the design of the Xtreme and why I think it's the best Bluetooth speaker in its class. I spent 6 months reading reviews and watching videos about Bluetooth speakers, and this one always came out on top of all the ratings and reviews. Battery life, sound quality and overall design are the best I've ever seen. The sound quality is a well balanced blend of mid range and highs with a smooth distortion free base kick that is clean at all levels. If any distortion was found, I notice it was in the sound file itself. Comments from strangers in public places have been amazing. A few weeks ago I took the Extreme on a hiking trail. About 2 miles into my hike I encountered two young men looking in the bushes near the trail. When I asked what they were looking for, they said there was a car down in the bushes. "Listen", they said. "You can hear the car stereo". That's when I realized they couldn't see the Xtreme slung under right arm. When I told them what they were hearing, and showed them, they busted up laughing, and said they thought it was a car stereo. I've been having fun experimenting with the Xtreme in various places that actually add to the sound quality. Caves, warehouses, cars and trucks. It's all fair game when it comes to sharing the music I love. I'd really like to see a unit of the same design but about twice the size. Not that I don't like this size, its just that, sometimes, I like to frap peoples bones. If your looking for a.better price on the Xtreme, I don't think you'll see it for at least 8 months, or after Christmas, if your lucky. It's just too new, and too hot right now.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      WHAT? Better speak up, it's loud in here!

      Posted
      sdsexton1
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Holy BOOM STICK Batman! I watched/read a couple hours of reviews before this purchase. We have a Sonos system in the house, and we wanted music on the upstairs patio/downstairs deck. We thought about another Play:1, but the weather in KC, MO is...intense. The Sonos isn't weatherproof. Then...when we go to the pool or need mobile tunes...the Sonos is worthless without WIFI. So I started looking for a Bluetooth speaker and started with UE. Their Megaboom seemed like the Bluetooth portable class favorite. And yes, it is smaller, a little cheaper(?) and fully waterproof. It also doesn't sound as good. ...and what's the point if a speaker doesn't sound good?! With the intent of listening outside (and not underwater) the JBL beats it hands down. In every way, unless you just need a smaller or waterproof solution. Inside, it sounds better than the $200 Sonos Play:1. Outside, where it counts, it sounds open and full with a real bass response, thanks to the 2 passive radiators at each end. (I also love watching them vibrate...it's very old school bass head satisfying.) I listen to rock, rap, metal and old school country. For what it is, this thing pounds. The expectations have to be reasonable though. Don't max the volume and don't expect it to hit like a trunk full of 12" JL subs. I always listen to a few songs to test any new speakers. U2's 'With or Without You', Ozzy's 'Mama I'm Comin' Home' and 'Brass Monkey' by the Beastie Boys. With the right setup, they all have tons of low end. Those songs will give any decent sub a workout...and they have enough high end that they won't sound right if the system isn't balanced. The JBL passed the test with flying colors. Did I mention it has two USB ports than can charge your phone/tablet?! Killer!! It really is excellent! Some of the best money I've spent in a while for sound. The JBL Xtreme was perfect for the patio/deck/pool tunes!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Strong Sound But Design Could Be Improved

      Posted
      tminus
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I buy sound equipment primarily based off sound quality. I've had a SoundFreaq Sound Platform 2 (with battery option, subsequently discontinued) for several years and have been searching for another BT speaker that would rival that unit in both loudness and sound quality while providing a little more portability. I tried all the units off the shelves at the box stores including other JBL's, Bose, UE/Logitech, Beats, Sony, and they all were disappointing in comparison...until now. The JBL Xtreme finally delivers something comparable, if not better, than the SoundFreaq in both volume and sound quality, in a form factor that at least makes an attempt at portability (unlike the SoundFreaq). In A/B testing the unit against the UE Megaboom, SoundFreaq SP, a Sony XB40, and a JBL Pulse 2 (oldest of the bunch), the XTreme and SP were in a league of their own. The highs on the XTreme are tuned to provide a very crisp, "open" sound (but not harsh) while simultaneously maintaining the strongest bass output of the group (not unexpected since the XTreme is also the largest unit). Both the XTreme and SP provide ample volume (noticeably more than the others), strong bass (for their size) and very good, open sound quality across a range of music, with the several year old SP surprisingly holding it's own against JBL's latest and greatest XTreme. In terms of portability, the XTreme is designed for it, whereas the SP is designed to sit on a desk, therefore the XTreme is a clear winner in overall functionality. That said, the XTreme has what I consider a design flaw around the charging ports, which are hidden behind a zipper...yes that's right, you have to "unzip" the unit to access the ports, and the pouch is a rather tight fit requiring a two handed operation to hold the pouch open while trying to connect your charging cord. And, that charging cord is not USB, it charges off A/C, meaning you need an outlet. My Ranking (based on sound only): 1 (tie). XTreme 1 (tie). Sound Platform 2 3. UE Megaboom 4. Sony XB40 5. JBL Pulse 2 (note this is a class down in terms of year/models) Fix the (inevitably will break down the road) zipper thing and provide a USB charging option and the XTreme would be a 5 star unit based on the loudness, quality of sound, and portable/water resistant nature of the design. At $299, the price is a little steep for what you get (these are still smallish, battery powered BT speakers after all), however, on sale ($200 range), this little unit packs a punch and is a great bang for the buck compared to the competition.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      HOLY BASS

      Posted
      TDTechOfficial
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Ok so this is going to be a long review. (Get yah popcorn!) So the JBL Xtreme is a phenomenal speaker with a few flaws. To start off the speaker is massive hence the name "Xtreme" but you get what you are buying. So on top of the speaker being massive it does come with a very sturdy arm strap (over shoulder) like a purse or duffle bag. Another great thing about this speaker is for the size it is not heavy at all! It's easy to carry due to the great strap included, and the light weight factor to the speaker. The speaker comes with a massive punch. I also own a Marshal Stanmore and this speaker can defiantly compare to the quality of the Stanmore. This speaker comes with great Bluetooth connectivity so you don't have to worry about disconnecting when riding your bike or running. Just a warning. Be warned that if you do take this in public places that it may possibly bother people around you because of the loudness of the speaker. Listening to this makes me want to jam out like I'm at a concert. It's great indoors and out! My parents always tell me to turn it down. (I don't) I do take this to school and I don't have a problem putting this in the bottom of my backpack under all my books and note books and it's great to blast and bother school teachers and staff. I wouldn't recommend taking this to school to be honest. So to top this review off I'd like to say that this speaker is well worth your money and JBL/Harmon Kardon ever comes out with a bigger one I'll be sure to buy it because this speaker is amazing!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Loud and Clear - I LOVE THIS SPEAKER

      Posted
      iReview4U
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      It took me a while to make a decision to buy it. I did so much research that at some point i decided not to buy any wireless speakers. I went through many stores and listened most of wireless speakers. But, this JBL line had something that grabbed my attention. Once I ended up buying it - it was actually Exactly what i needed for any outdoor and indoor events or just simply enjoying the music whenever i want. Believe me - i am now the "favorite guest" to be invited to any event! I love that i can walk in with the style, by playing music as i walk in! It is really cool! The mood changes immediately. I love that you can place the speaker close or far - the sound is amazing anywhere you place it. Very loud! Very nice bass! (exactly what i was looking for). Actually, I first bought the JBL Charge 3 but, though it was a great speaker, it just did not have enough power/bass for my taste. The JBL Extreme speaks for itself! I took it with me on vacation, near ocean - every one loved the music on the beach! They all kinda gathered near us and enjoyed the Romantic Spanish Guitar evening :). Basically, this has become my "pal" and it is always with me anywhere i go! I love that it plays music for hours! I mean, i did not time it specifically but, I played it for more than 10 hours and it was still going! I also love that you can charge your phone while streaming music to the speaker! It has two usb charging inputs. I also love that i can play the music from my old iPod via audio cable (it was not wireless back then). Also, I am not afraid when it rains, or when there is dust or sand... It is has enough isolation to not get damaged easily. You cannot dip it into water though :) but, it is splash resistant. So, it is versatile and very useful! Also, it plays very nice on low volume. Sometimes (depends on quality of recording) it may sound boomy or muffled but, i tried high quality tracks (not mp3 but CD, lossless quality) and it just sounds fantastic on any volume. You gotta be careful with those mp3s, because they cut down the frequencies that are noticeable in this case. Looks like this speaker is designed for quality music. I love the strap that comes with it! I can just put it on the shoulder and music is everywhere i go! Also, i am planning on purchasing another one and you can pair both of those to produce STEREO sound! I hear my friend playing that and oh man, it sounds fantastic! The only issue is that it will cost me $500 bucks but, you know what - if you can afford it - it is worth every penny!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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